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March 8, International Women’s Day: All You Need to Know

From empowerment seminars to street parades, pop-up art exhibitions to business masters-class, women’s voices will resonate around the world today with a resounding message: women want to “think fair” , build intelligently, innovate for change “, which is the theme of this year 2019.

Here’s what you need to know about International Women’s Day:

What is International Women’s Day?

The day celebrates “the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to the website of International Women’s Day. It is not hosted by any country or specific movement. The organizers are therefore encouraging women around the world to organize events “centered on unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – all that is happening globally at the local level”.

It is also an opportunity to discuss how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, by accelerating the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the fifth goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and men. girls; and the fourth goal of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

And while it is clear that gender parity will not happen overnight, the good news is that women everywhere are doing positive things every day. In addition, there is indeed a very strong and growing global movement of activists fighting for the rights of women.

Here are some key points of the 2030 Agenda:

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– By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys receive free, fair and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes under Goal 4. 
– By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. 
– End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls around the world. 
– Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other exploitation.
– Eliminate all harmful practices against children, such as early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

What are the origins of International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in 1909 with approximately 15,000 women marching in New York demanding fair wages, labor standards and guaranteed voting rights, according to the International Day of Women’s Day website. wife.

The creation of an “International Women’s Day” is proposed for the first time in 1910, at the international conference of socialist women, by Clara Zetkin, and is then part of a revolutionary perspective.

The date is not fixed at first, and it is only from 1917, with the workers’ strike of Saint Petersburg, that the tradition of March 8 is set up. After 1945, International Women’s Day becomes a tradition around the world.

In 1977, the United Nations officially proclaimed the year International Women’s Year and proclaimed March 8 each year as International Women’s Day.

Women’s Day remains a hot topic today. Because as long as equality between men and women is not achieved, we will need to celebrate it.

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